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Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff were working in his Department's Return and Reintegration Directorate on 1 July (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008 and (d) 2009. 
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cautions were issued in each police force area for riding a bicycle on the pavement in the last year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Alan Campbell:
Information provided by the Ministry of Justice showing the number of offenders cautioned for "Riding a pedal cycle on a footpath" in England and Wales, broken down by police force area
in 2007 (latest available) can be viewed in following the table. Data for 2008 will be available in the autumn of 2009.
The cautions statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been cautioned for two or more offences at the same time the principal offence is the more serious offence.
|Number of offenders cautioned( 1) for "riding a pedal cycle on a footpath" under section 72 of the 1835 Highway Act, in England and Wales, broken down by police force area, 2007( 2,3,4)|
|Police force area||Cautions|
|(1) From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and warnings. These figures have been included in the totals.|
(2) The cautions statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been cautioned for two or more offences at the same time the principal offence is the more serious offence.
(3) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
(4) Where a police force area is not listed in the above table, nil data are appropriate. Source:
Evidence and Analysis Unit-Office for Criminal Justice Reform
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the case for joining the Schengen Information System in 2009-10; and what account he has taken in that assessment of the UK's inability to join the upgraded Schengen Information System II until 2012. 
Alan Johnson: [holding answer 16 September 2009]: The UK originally committed to connecting to the first generation Schengen Information System (SIS). However, during the development stage of the UK's national system, the European Commission proposed developing an upgraded central system, known as SIS II. The latter system is capable of handling with European partners additional useful functions for law enforcement such as biometric data and would represent an improvement over the original SIS system.
The UK's efforts are still focused on developing the UK connection to the central SIS II system. However, the scheduled launch date for the central SIS II system has been put back by the European Commission from April 2010 to the fourth quarter of 2011, primarily due to technical difficulties experienced by the Commission's contractor. This means that the UK SIS II service will not be able to connect to the EU central system until December 2011 at the earliest.
David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Serious Organised Crime Agency staff have been assaulted in the course of their work since the agency was established. 
Mr. Alan Campbell: Since the Serious Organised Crime Agency was established in April 2006, six officers have reported being assaulted in the course of their work. This figure includes three officers who were driven at by suspects whiles attempting to effect arrest.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many registered (a) sex offenders and (b) sex offenders convicted of offences involving minors were resident in each police authority area in (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2008-09. 
Mr. Alan Campbell [holding answer 16 September 2009]: The number of registered sex offenders resident in each police authority area in 2007-08 is represented in the attached table as reported in the local MAPPA Annual Reports 2007-08. These are the latest data.
Mr. Goodwill: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many penalty notices for speeding were (a) contested and (b) overturned in each (i) local authority area and (ii) police authority area in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Alan Campbell: Fixed penalty notices (FPNs) cannot be contested or overturned; an FPN is the offer of an opportunity for the recipient to discharge liability to conviction by paying the prescribed amount. A person either accepts the fixed penalty or refuses and insists on the right to a court trial.
Information on the number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts for speeding offences held by the Ministry of Justice cannot separately identify the number of prosecutions resulting from refusal of a fixed penalty notice.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times a Taser gun has
been used (a) on a child and (b) within 10 metres of a child in each police authority area in England in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Hanson [holding answer 9 September 2009]: The number of times a Taser has been used on a person under 18 years of age in England and Wales in the 12 months from 1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009 is shown in the table. It was used on 100 occasions and fired 18 times. Information is not collected on the number of times Taser is deployed within 10 metres of a child.
I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer I gave on 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 186W, for similar figures for 2007 and 2008. In 2007, 36 subjects exposed to the use of Taser were reported as aged under 18, with 714 subjects aged 18 years and over. For the period January to August 2008 subjects under the age of 18 totalled 75, compared to 1,349 subjects 18 years and over.
|Taser use in England and Wales, 1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009|
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